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What is a database?

A database is a collection of information organized to provide efficient retrieval. 

A library database is an online resource that the library subscribes to that contains information from print sources such as magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books, or collections of historical texts, or collections of images or videos or music. 

Article Databases

An article database enables you to search through thousands (sometimes millions) of different magazines, journals and newspapers to find articles on a particular topic. Some of the articles you will find are Full Text, which means you can read (or print out) the entire article right there online. Other times the database will only provide you with an abstract, or summary of the article. Other times, the database will only give you a citation, which tells you where you can find a print version of the article.

Reference Databases

Reference Databases provide reference information (facts, statistics, background information) from many different print sources. For example, we subscribe to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, which is an online version of the 29-volume set of print encyclopedias. Reference Databases are usually more subject-specific than the article databases, so that each one covers something like Art, Music, Law, Literature, or Science & Technology, to name a few.

Databases are not "internet" sources

Although you access our databases from the internet, the articles you find in them are reprinted from real live print sources. Most of the things you find in our databases cannot be found by searching Google or Wikipedia. These are subscription services that the library pays for. They are every bit a part of our library's collection as the books on our shelf, and unless you want to buy your own subscription, you must go through the library's website to access them.


Getting to Databases from Off-Campus

To access the library's online resources from any off-campus location with Internet access, follow these simple instructions:
1. Start here (the library's web site):
2. Go to the "Electronic Databases" portion of the site; then choose the specific resource you wish to use.
3. If you are not on campus, you will get an authentication screen that looks like this:

Proxy authentication screen

To proceed, enter the following information:
user name: Your first and last names (include a space between them)
password: Your University ID barcode number (example: 2B00200000)

It is very important to note that our licenses with the database providers generally do not allow persons who are not affiliated with the University to have access to the resources outside of the library. Therefore, please do not redistribute your name and password information.

Finally, there is a very small number of resources for which the above logon instructions will not work. Should you encounter one of them, or experience any other difficulties with remote access to our online resources, please do not hesitate to contact us at or phone 931-598-1368.

Database Trials

Tell us what you think!

Please give us your comments about any database that you try. Please send feedback to Patricia Thompson. You can also send questions or problems to this same email address.

  • Southern Life and African American History, 1775–1915, Plantations Records, Part 1 (TRIAL)  Icon  Icon
    The Plantation Records in this module documents the far-reaching impact of plantations on both the American South and the nation. As business owners, the commodities produced by plantation owners—rice, cotton, sugar, tobacco, hemp, and others— accounted for more than half of the nation’s exports. The plantation, therefore, played a key role in the development of a nationwide market economy. Plantation records also document the personal lives of plantation owners and their families. Trial ends May 27.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Women: Transnational Networks (TRIAL)  Icon  Icon
    Using a wide array of primary source documents, Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Women: Transnational Networks focuses on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late 18th century to the era of suffrage in the early 20th century, all through a transnational perspective. The collection contains deep information on European and North American movements, but also expands its scope to include collections from other regions. Researchers and scholars will find rare content related to social reform movements and groups, high and "low" culture, literature and the arts, immigration, daily life, religion, and more. Trial ends May 20.
  • 19th Century UK Periodicals Series 1. New Readerships: Women's, Children's, Humor and Leisure/Sport (TRIAL)  Icon  Icon
    This collection charts the rapid rise of publishing in a reading culture expanding through a rise in literacy and leisure and an explosion of sports and hobbies. The series acts as a barometer of literacy and social mobility in the 1800s with a particular focus on the under-documented aspects of women, children, humor and leisure activity in the Victorian age. It features the political spectrum of women's writing from Hearth and Home and the Women's Penny Paper, providing insight into women's changing status in the 1800s. Trial ends May 20.
  • 19th Century UK Periodicals Series 2. Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary and Colonial (TRIAL)  Icon  Icon
    This collection covers the expansion of the Empire, addressing the economic as well as the non-mercantile aspects of British expansionism. It provides rare access to important primary source materials from various locations throughout the British Empire with diverse perspectives on power, information networks, governmental theory and cultural transmission. Trial ends May 20.
  • Church Missionary Society Periodicals (TRIAL)  
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    Church Missionary Society Periodicals features publications from the Church Missionary Society and the South American Missionary Society between 1804 and 2009. The collection consists of two modules.

    Module 1: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters was released in April 2015 and features a wide range of titles from the collection at the Crowther Mission Studies Library in Oxford. It includes the Church Missionary Gleaner, CMS Outlook, CMS Intelligencer, Ruanda Notes (MAM News) and the South Missionary Magazine, encompassing issues from 1804-2009.

    Module 2: Medical Journals, Asian Missions and the Historical Record, 1816-1986 is expected to be released in Spring 2016.

Liaison Librarians

Librarians are available to assist you with your research in any subject area. Please consult the list below to find the librarian who will be the best person to assist you.

Joan Blocher, 598-1778
Asian Studies, Classical Languages, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Theology

Mary O'Neill, 598-1660
Art & Art History, European Studies, History, Medieval Studies, Physical Education & Athletics, Women's Studies

Cari Reynolds, 598-1697
American Studies, Anthropology, Education, English, Film Studies, Theatre Arts

Heidi Syler, 598-1709
Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Forestry & Geology, International Studies, Mathematics & Computer Science, Law, Politics, Physics


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